By | December 7, 2015

When you design a building as a student or as a professional, there are many constraints – you have a budget expressed by the required floor area, a context within the city that you have to respond to, a programme that dictates proximities and functional relationships, etc. The plan and elevations usually come after analysis of these things. If you wait until you have done all that and then draw plan and elevation, you will find that last step will only happen with a certain frequency and thus you will develop that part of the design skill very slowly. The point of this exercise is to leap over all those (very necessary, important, often tedious) steps and deal with orthographic drawing as a fun, interesting and useful design skill on its own, a sort of game that has a simple set of rules and which you can quickly gain skill at by doing over and over, playfully.

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